FRIDAY  | JANUARY 4, 2019
by Mike Purkey

It’s said that you shouldn’t make resolutions that you can’t keep, but now that it’s a new year, some people in the world of golf are in need of some changes. Here are a few:

Rory McIlroy should resolve to rehire caddie J.P. Fitzgerald. When McIlroy and Fitzgerald got together more than 10 years ago, it was said by insiders that Fitzgerald might not be the best caddie in the world, but he would be the best caddie for McIlroy. McIlroy won 22 worldwide events, including four majors, with Fitzgerald on the bag. When McIlroy fired his caddie in July 2017, he was replaced with Harry Diamond, McIlroy’s best friend and best man. Since then, McIlroy has won once.

 



by Alex Miceli

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Well, it was the first round of the year for the PGA Tour on Thursday, and Kevin Tway shot 7-under 66 to lead the Sentry Tournament of Champions by one shot over Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas and defending champion Dustin Johnson.

But it’s only Round 1, and those names or others could be on the top of the leaderboard at the end of the week, so I figured there’s no need to spend too much time on that news.

 


Anticipation for ‘a better year’
John Hawkins’ piece was refreshingly upbeat and a sure sign that 2019 is going to be a better year, even for those of us who are not spoiled, rich or over-indulged (“Island vibe offers Tour a warm opening,” Jan. 3).

 


Launched: An online petition to get Hosung Choi, the South Korean nicknamed “The Fisherman” for his dancing whirlybird finish to his swing, a sponsor exemption into the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The petition, initiated at change.org by Derek Deminsky, the director of instruction at Forty Niner Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., calls Choi “the greatest showman in the game.” Choi, who plays primarily on the Japan Tour, won the Casio World Open in November and has risen to a career-high No. 202 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 


7

Number of strokes under par that American Kevin Tway shot to lead the first round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Thursday in Maui, Hawaii. Tway, 30, toured Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course in a bogey-free 66 to open a one-stroke lead in the 33-man field of PGA Tour winners from 2018. Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland all birdied the par-5 18th hole to tie at 67. Tway won the Safeway Open in October for his first Tour victory, earning an initial appearance at the T of C (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Performance Textile Fair will be held in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The fourth annual fair, within the 66th annual show, will focus on apparel-product development and feature the technical fabrics and textile companies specializing in golf clothing.

 

Kolter Homes will break ground this month on the PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The five-acre facility, in the new Cresswind neighborhood at PGA Village Verano, a 55-plus active-adult community, will include 27 pickleball courts. It is expected to be ready this summer.

 

Fat Tire Scooter will exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., company officials announced. As part of its exhibit, Fat Tire Scooter will feature its three-wheel Rebel Trike XR. The company will be located at booth No. 2919 in the Orange County Convention Center.

 

The Big Wick course at Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch Golf & Social Club climbed eight spots, to No. 86, in Golfweek’s recent ranking of best residential courses in the magazine’s annual “Ultimate Guide” edition. The club’s 18-hole course, known as Big Wick, opened in 2015.

 

Lisa O’Hurley has been appointed as vice president of marketing at Garmany Golf, the travel operator announced. O’Hurley will focus on expanding Garmany’s business.

 


CALENDAR
January 2-4
Men’s amateur: Saguaro Amateur

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC, Maricopa, Ariz.

January 3-5
Women’s amateur: Orlando International Amateur

Orange County National (Panther Lake), Winter Garden, Fla.

January 3-6
PGA Tour: Sentry Tournament of Champions

Kapalua (Plantation), Kapalua, Hawaii

Junior boys/girls: Junior Orange Bowl

Biltmore Hotel GC, Coral Gables, Fla.

Men’s amateur: New Year’s Invitational

St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC


      
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